The General Motors recall announcements just keep coming. Earlier in June, the automotive giant issued a recall of an additional 89,000 cars of various types due to potentially dangerous issues separate from the widely-known ignition switch recall.
The following are some of the newest recalls issued by GM:
- 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, Camaro, and Sonic: defect involving a part called a shorting bar, which may keep the airbag from deploying in the event of a collision.
- 2013 Buick Encore and 2013-2014 Chevrolet Sparks: defect in the passenger side air bag that could keep it from deploying.
- 2014 Chevrolet Corvette: potential short circuit that could hinder the effectiveness of seat belts and disable airbags.
These newest recalls come in the wake of recent allegations that GM concealed possible ignition switch defects in millions of cars for 10 years, causing at least 13 known deaths and many more injuries. The company finally issued a recall of 2.6 million vehicles due to the ignition switch defect in February, sparking an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA requires a timely recall and report of any defective vehicles. Because GM did not report this defect for 10 years. As a result of the delayed ignition switch recall, the company must pay the maximum fine of $35 million.
GM also faces numerous lawsuits from consumers who suffered injuries or other losses due to the defect. Many more lawsuits are expected to be filed in the coming months and people injured in accidents could be entitled to compensation.
If you have suffered injury in an accident and you believe it was related to a defective part, you should contact the product liability attorneys of Lopez McHugh, LLP as soon as possible. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping people injured by GM vehicles receive the full compensation they deserve.